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Spitfire (Premium Ale Export) - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Spitfire (Premium Ale Export)Spitfire (Premium Ale Export)

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BA SCORE
81
good

344 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 10
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-21-1998

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3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xhuang61
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: crystal-clear, burnished tawny liquid... fairly tall, downy head that slowly slinks away... might as well be no lace

S: fairly typical for these bottled imports from the UK - bread crust, grassy earth, mildly nutty yeast, dull dried apple, and a touch of black peppercorns

T: almost like whole wheat bread and a little drier than expected... in the middle, some soft notes of an unripe pear covered in field dust... toasty with browning dried hop cones on the outer edges, moderately bitter for the origin, with perhaps a tiny nip of dusty dried yeast... touch of sweetness and hop left in the aftertaste

F: clean, about medium-bodied, with a smooth, dry finish... quite easy to put back, and hardly filling with its quite mellow carbonation

O: though the taste may be ever so slightly off here (no bottle date), this has an assertive, pleasant-enough English hop flavor with arguably a slight edge over the clean yet depth-y malt foundation... you're still not gonna find many American breweries making a pale like this

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VitorDamasceno
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of leantom
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bro' got this and gave me one. Here goes:

A: Light, clear brown with sufficient carbonation. Some lacing and an OK head that readily dissipates. Nothing special - generic EPA.

S: Generic pale ale. Very grainy but toasty malt (some caramel). Lots of baker's yeast; in fact, the baker's yeast is probably the more prominent flavor. Yeast imparts some fruity, phenolic scents, like in Bass's pale ale. In sum, grainy malt and fruity baker's yeast.

T: Follows the nose. Grainy malt followed by bready baker's yeast. Good, but I think Bass is better.

F: Toasty, good carbonation.

O: Good beer. Nice to kick back with and drink with the folks.

Photo of FZR23
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alpha309
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillAndSarah
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Timby007
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mrjez
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of christensega
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Draft pint at The Firkin in Toronto.
Dark orange/light brown with slightly off white head. Good looking pint with long lasting foam.
Some caramel malt and hop smells.
Light in smell and flavor, slightly nutty and grainy, citrus finish.
Low carbonation, medium mouth feel, smooth and slightly creamy.
A decent, session pale ale, as expected.

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3.45/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.52/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Giuseppina
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in two times in half pint glass from 500ml bottle (Tesco), temperature 12°C.

Look: Deep amber colour with thick persistent off-white head

Smell: malt and fresh fruit

Taste: caramel and grassy, very pleasant bitter aftertaste

Feel: medium carbonation, medium body, quite dry and pleasant

Overall: pleasant drink, not particularly overwhelming and complex (not a bad thing) like all the beers from Shepherd Neame

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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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Spitfire (Premium Ale Export) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.